In December 2013 we published Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives: a pocket book full of Retrospective Exercises. More than 1000 readers have downloaded this book in the first five months after publication from Leanpub and many more have downloaded it from InfoQ: there are 5000++ readers worldwide of our book on Valuable Agile Retrospectives. A big thanks to all of our readers!
With this book we are offering a half year of our work to the community to help teams all over the world to get better in doing retrospectives. The suggested price is $9,99; this is what we think is the value of this book. We leave it up to our readers to decide what they want to pay for the book. They can download it for free if they want, pay the suggested price, or pay us more if they like (yes, people actually do this!) based on the value they expect to get from using this book.
In the first 100 days after publication we already reached 500 readers on Leanpub. We received positive book reviews on goodreads and many emails, tweets, LinkedIn comments and other feedback from our readers. It feels really good when people like your book and tell you what they got out of it, thanks!
We started getting requests for editions of the book in other languages. To support that our book is being translated to many languages with volunteer teams in different countries. The retrospective books in local languages are distributed via Leanpub.
When we started this we didn’t expect it to become so big in such a short time. Of course this makes us very happy. We also think it confirms that retrospectives are important in agile. Every day we hear about agile teams around the world that are doing retrospectives regularly. Our mission is to help as many teams as possible to get more business value out of doing agile retrospectives.
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